You earn points by contributing things to the Database- card front scans are 1 point, back scans are two, checklists are 5, etc.
I took a couple of screencaps to celebrate.
When I realized I was closing in on the number I set myself the goal of reaching it before the end of 2016. Mission accomplished!
I have a goal for 2017 of 250,000 points. But if I hit that early in the year, I may bump it to 300,000. I'm trying to set realistic goals for 2017 and also ones that don't require spending any money. So I think I will keep it at 250,000. Actually, thinking about it, even that might not be possible. I've been earning these points since October 2012. It took me more than 5 years to hit 200,000 so I am averaging less than 50,000 a year. If I do, I do, and if not, well, I find the scanning and posting process to be fun, so it's no chore and I'll be doing it anyway so there's absolutely zero stress involved.
This was the card that got me to the magic number, 2000-01 Topps Gold Label #32